What is the MAP and EOC test?
MAP is an acronym for the Missouri Assessment Program, which consists of Grade-Level tests for students in grades 3-8 and End-of-Course tests for students in grades 9-12. The tests are administered to all public school students in the state of Missouri and assess the students’ knowledge of the standards outlined in the Missouri Grade Level Expectations (GLEs).
I’m not familiar with the GLEs, can you tell me more about them?
The Grade Level Expectations, or GLEs, outline the specific learning expectations that will be used to assess students during Grade-Level testing. The district uses these expectations to build the curriculum and the common assessments that are used in classrooms each day of the year. The GLEs are written to address the learning expectations for each grade level in each curricular area. If you would like to view the GLEs, they are available on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) website at: http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/GLE/.
Which tests will my child take?
Students in grades 3 through 8 will take two tests, one in Communication Arts and one in Mathematics. Additionally, students in 5th and 8th grade will take a third test, the MAP test in Science. While 9-12 will take EOCs in English I, English II, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, American History, Government, Biology and Physical Science
What types of questions are on the tests?
There are three types of questions used on the assessments. The first is Selected Response, which is more commonly known as “multiple choice”. Students will select the correct answer from a list of given possible responses. The second type is Constructed Response, which requires students to supply an appropriate response in a short-answer format. The final type is the Performance Event, which is a longer more demanding item requiring students to work through problems, experiments, arguments, or extended pieces of writing. Sample items for Communication Arts, Mathematics, and Science MAP assessments are available for you to view on the DESE website at: http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/assess/grade_level_resources.html
When will the tests be given?
Students participate in the tests during the spring of each year. Each school will set its own individual testing schedule during that window and will notify parents of the dates well in advance of testing. In general, schools in East Prairie will administer the tests during the fourth week of April through the first week of May.
How long are the tests?
Each subject area test consists of multiple “sessions” that vary in length. The sessions are broken apart and given at different times so that students aren’t testing for inappropriately long periods in one sitting. Some of the sessions are strictly timed and have a definite starting and stopping point. Other sessions are untimed, and students will be given the time they need to complete all items. In general, each subject area test is expected to take between 120-180 minutes when the total testing time for all sessions is combined. The specific timing guidelines for each assessment can be found on the DESE website at: http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/assess/documents/asmt-gl-timing-guidelines-2013.pdf
Will I receive information about how my child performed on the tests?
Yes, you will receive an official Student Report detailing your child’s performance on the tests. Each student’s score will be communicated as one of four levels; Advanced, Proficient, Basic, or Below Basic. Each score level covers a range of “scale scores” which is an overall numerical score the student received on the test. The student score reports will be received by the district during the first part of the school year, and each building will be responsible for distributing the reports to parents. A full description of student scores can be found in the Missouri Assessment Program Guide to Interpreting Results which includes a sample Student Report. This document can be found on the following webpage: http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/assess/grade_level_resources.html
How are the scores on the tests used?
As a parent, the scores on the assessment will give you feedback about your child’s performance in the tested areas. As a district, the scores are used as one point of information about our students’ progress. The overall student scores are used to identify both strengths and areas of improvement within the district’s instructional program. The scores are also used for state accountability measures that are reflected in the district’s Annual Performance Report (APR) as well as for federal accountability measures in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. However, EOC scores will be used as a grade in the calculation of a students grade at East Prairie High School.
Are there things I can do to help my child do their best on the tests?
In general, the keys to performing well on the test are the same as the keys to performing well in school all throughout the year. Regular attendance at school, reading with your child often, and being involved in your child’s school work are all important activities to help your child succeed. These positive steps at home, combined with the work your child has been doing all year in the classroom, will ensure they are prepared to perform their best on the assessments. However, there are some tips specific to MAP testing that can help give your child the best opportunity to score at the highest possible level.
Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep on the nights prior to testing.
Make sure your child starts the day with a good breakfast. Each school serves breakfast daily in the cafeteria.
Please avoid scheduling appointments that would cause your child to be absent during the scheduled testing sessions.
Encourage your child to be positive about the tests and to give his or her best effort each day.
Keep the lines of communication open between you and your child about testing. Encourage them to do well, but be careful not to reach the point that they feel excess pressure. Some children view the tests as a stressful event and need to be reassured they are ready and prepared to answer the questions that will be asked. Help keep them relaxed and feeling positive about their ability to do well. A relaxed and confident student will be much more likely to perform to their true ability and will be more comfortable in working through the questions they may find difficult to answer.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions about MAP testing?
The principal of your child’s school will be able to help you with any questions you may have about the testing process.